Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Catalog Banner
Print this page Add this page to your favorites Select a font size Select a small font Select a medium font Select a large font

Jewish Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Pete the Prospector Statue

Jewish Studies - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies (code COLABA01)

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary major that consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, religion, geography, Hebrew Language and politics. Students will gain an understanding of Jewish civilizations as the result of interactions of Jewish culture, history, and religion within both societies where Jews have been the dominant majority (the first two Jewish commonwealths and modern Israel) and the minority. Students will explore the constants and diversity of the Jewish experience in different eras and geographical settings. They will be able to define the parameters of the Diaspora and its significance on both Jewish and non-Jewish life. They will understand the significant Jewish beliefs, ethics, philosophies, and religious texts. Students will comprehend the place and role of Israel and Zionism in Jewish life, politics, culture, and religion. They will understand the history of the Holocaust/Shoah and its impact on both the Jewish and non-Jewish worldviews. Students will also gain a basic comprehension of and proficiency in Hebrew.

Requirements (minimum of 40 units)

Core (minimum of 34 units)
HIST 141 (3 units)
Language (4 units): HEBW 101A or 101B
Culture and Society (6 units): CWL 342 and 344
History area (9 units) chosen from: HIST 304, 347, 369, 428, 431, 432
Religion and Thought (9 units) chosen from: R/ST 230, 311, 314, 315I
Capstone Course (3 units) to be determined by Program Advisor.


Electives (6 units) GEOG 309I, POSC 367, courses listed above in excess of core requirements or other courses as determined by advisor.


Minor in Jewish Studies (code HISTUM02)

The Minor in Jewish Studies consists of a minimum of 19 units. Jewish Studies encourages undergraduate students to acquire the academic breadth and depth to comprehend the major issues, themes, and concepts of a culture and heritage that has had a distinct impact on world civilization. The interdisciplinary minor consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, religion, geography, Hebrew language, and politics. Students will expand their understanding of the broader dynamics of the Jewish experience through different eras and geographic settings, both in Israel and the Diaspora.

1. Required core courses: HEBW 101A, HIST 369, R/ST 314;
2. Three units from the following elective courses: CWL 342, HIST 431, R/ST 311;
3. Six units from the following elective courses: GEOG 309I; HIST 304, 432; POSC 367; R/ST 315.